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Old 11-26-2012, 10:02 PM
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White does certainly. Gonzo might (at his age a big dropoff is possible at any time), but he's been pretty open about retiring after this season despite still being capable. But even at that, they still lack depth/youth. Obviously they have some good starters. You don't play as well as they have without good players. But injuries/age could ravage their team as they haven't had picks to replenish their stores.

Little to no depth are QB, RB, OL, TE, WR, DE, LB, or CB. Basically they're not going to have much margin for error over the next few years personnel wise because of trading up for Jones. Their window won't close while they have Ryan, but I can definitely envision a skid like the Chargers have had in the near future as their best players age off without adequate replacements.

This coming offseason, for instance, the bare minimum will be finding new players at DE, MLB, CB (unless they want to play Robinson 8M), RB, and TE.

They're a good team. I'm not trying to say that they're not. I just think they could have been better had they not traded the farm for Julio.
Another thing that may very well affect them next year, along with Washington, Texas, and a few others is the likely implementation of a new rule outlawing cut blocks and all blocks below the waist that's being talked about right now. These teams all use a zone blocking scheme, which is going to be hard hit if this rule passes, and it looks like it will. If Ryan's protection falters due to the rule change, his numbers may follow Philip's.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:54 AM
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That's a very important point to note, though I doubt that all cut blocks will go away. In all likelihood some compromise will be struck allowing them at the line but not at the second level, or something like that.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:22 AM
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Basically, the rule change is going to make a "strike zone" for defenders to hit. Below the neck, and above the knees. You throw a strike and prevent a lot of injuries and fines. You throw a ball, and are subject to fines and may cause injuries.
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Basically, the rule change is going to make a "strike zone" for defenders to hit. Below the neck, and above the knees. You throw a strike and prevent a lot of injuries and fines. You throw a ball, and are subject to fines and may cause injuries.
We're talking about offensive players cut blocking, not defensive players tackling.
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That's a very important point to note, though I doubt that all cut blocks will go away. In all likelihood some compromise will be struck allowing them at the line but not at the second level, or something like that.
I think it's going to be gone entirely in the near future.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:57 AM
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I think the NFL is too protective of the appeal of high powered offense for that to happen.
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I think it's going to be gone entirely in the near future.
I'm sorry, but football is turning ****ing stupid. At some point it's just not worth watching. Football is MEANT to be a brutal sport.

I'm 2 more poorly implemented rules changes away from just not caring anymore.

Which at the current pace is probably by ~2015
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We're talking about offensive players cut blocking, not defensive players tackling.
Sorry, had a bit of amnesia right there lol.

Meant to tie that in with OL blocking above the knees, and having OL have that same so called "strike zone" to block defenders in.
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I'm sorry, but football is turning ****ing stupid. At some point it's just not worth watching. Football is MEANT to be a brutal sport.

I'm 2 more poorly implemented rules changes away from just not caring anymore.

Which at the current pace is probably by ~2015
Might as well start caring less now then.

It's just a game anyways.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:21 PM
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Sorry, had a bit of amnesia right there lol.

Meant to tie that in with OL blocking above the knees, and having OL have that same so called "strike zone" to block defenders in.
People like Kirwin have already suggested something similar.

there are ways to keep violence in the game while making it safe.
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